Fletch Lives (1989) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Fletch Lives (1989) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Fletch Lives (1989) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

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Fletch Lives (1989) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Michael Ritchie
Starring: Chevy Chase, Hal Holbrook, Julianne Phillips
AVAILABLE FROM Universal Studios

Ailing Los Angeles newspaper reporter Irvin “Fletch” Fletcher, in debt, inherits from a aunt “Bell Isle”, a sprawling 80-acre Louisiana plantation estate, quits his job and moves east expecting to live like a Dixie king. But he failed to inspect the run-down inheritance, leaving him only a shabby mansion with a shifty caretaker instead of reliable staff. Having celebrated anyway with an attractive lawyer in bed, he wakes up finding her mysteriously murdered and himself jailed, soon to be bailed, as prime suspect. Undaunted by a neighborly lawyer’s warning to leave town, he waves foxy real estate agent Becky Culpepper’s persistent offer well above the apparent value from a third party and starts snooping why with Becky. That proves a dangerous activity for him and almost anybody around, everything pointing to local magnate Hamilton “Ham” Johnson and his ‘Confederate’ circle of friends; including TV preacher Jimmy Lee Farnsworth and a dodgy chemical plant.

Fletch Lives is a 1989 American comedy film starring Chevy Chase and a sequel to Fletch! Coming during a time that I would call a prime comedic period for Chevy Chase, Fletch Lives does hit a few comedic notes along the way but it also does seem like kind of a miss in others playing it perhaps a little too safe along the way and going for the for sure jokes, which means going for stuff we had seen before, even from Chase. While story line wise it doesn’t live up to the first movie, I do think it boils down to a nice popcorn flick if you are just looking for something silly and fun to watch. The plot is simple, but it’s lead by a Chevy Chase here that does seem to be happy to be here. And that’s something you don’t always see from him in later films.

This release here is bare, which means that sadly you won’t find any extras but despite being a “on-demand” title, you will still be getting a pressed disc. It’s hard to own Fletch and not have Fletch Lives in the collection to go along with it. You will be happy to know that regardless of how you feel about the movie you will at least get a solid transfer for this release and that goes a very long way with me. So, you get Chevy being Chevy at a time when that means he was still being very funny. We get an average plot, but you at least get a good transfer and a real disc to have it all on.


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Quality of Transfer: 90%

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